How Our Understanding of Trauma Shapes Us

Dive into how prevalent trauma really is, and how it can manifest in the present where we least expect it. We also hear Lisa's advice on what to watch for when prior trauma may be bubbling below the surface, and how to better cope with our unique experiences.

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Acknowledging Simone Biles’ Courage

I’ve always had very ambivalent feelings about the Olympics. On the one hand, they represented extraordinary determination, commitment, and courage. It was astonishing and moving to see what human beings...

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Spotlighting Sexual Assault Awareness Month

When "Take Back The Night" was first launched, I knew that something important to help victims of sexual abuse was beginning to take shape.

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Using CARESS to Work with Self-Destructive Behaviors

Many adolescent and adult clients with histories of trauma, abuse, neglect and other pain narratives are vulnerable to using self-destructive behaviors to self-soothe or dissociate from unresolved pain. By incorporating CARESS into the therapeutic process, you can give clients meaningful things to do when they get the impulse to self-harm.

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The Healing Power of “Letting Go”

Many people have grown up in a dysfunctional family or a specific culture that taught them to always put other people’s needs and feelings before their own. The end result is they neglect themselves physically and emotionally.

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The Lingering Effects of COVID-19

Although I believe we are truly a step closer to the end of this devastating pandemic, the mental health residue and various manifestations of PTSD continue to impact all of us.

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Hope For our Future and the Ongoing Need for Self-Care

I don't think we have ever been more challenged to balance the impact of extraordinary external and systemic stressors and unrest with an ongoing need to be arbiters of hope and optimism for our anxious, angry, or overwhelmed clients.

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Trauma, Eating Disorders, and Other Self-Destructive Behaviors

I was delighted to participate in a podcast with Jodie Gale, a clinician practicing in Australia who is passionate about promoting healing, self-development, and spiritual growth for women. In this...

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10 Tips to Stop The Diet-Binge Cycle and Re-claim Your Body!

Despite what all those weight loss ads tell you, being able to fit into a size zero bikini should not be your greatest life accomplishment.  Nor will it help you achieve true happiness, inner peace, self-confidence or self-worth.

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The Importance of Trauma Informed Assessments

Many years ago, when I was in graduate school, I was taught the assessment phase of treatment should take place in the first one to three sessions, followed by six...

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